Butterfly sightings

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

On Saturday August 21st, a field trip lead by Lenny Brown from the Connecticut Butterfly Association toured sites in Guilford including the Jared Elliot and Spencer Creek Preserves owned by the land trust. [Read more...]

Yacht club members help maintain Spencer Creek

Volunteers from the trust and Guilford Yacht Club at Spencer's Creek

Volunteers from the trust and Guilford Yacht Club at Spencer's Creek

On May 22, 2010, more than 20 members of the Guilford Yacht Club joined members of the Guilford Land Conservation Trust in clearing invasive trees and plants, brush and vines at the Land Trust’s Spencer Creek Preserve on Three Mile Course. The Guilford Yacht Club has been performing this volunteer work at the Spencer’s Creek Preserve every spring for many years, assisting the Land Trust in its efforts to conserve the natural attributes and improve the accessibility of the site.

Spencer Creek Preserve is a beautiful parcel bordering the West River and Spencer Creek, including an open field, woods, a small pond, stone walls, and extensive wetlands and salt marsh and offering stunning views.

If your organization is interested in adopting a property such as this, please let us know.

Pictures of the work party in action

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Guilford Birding Areas

Patrick Comins leads the way

Patrick Comins leads the way

The recent guided tour of Guilford Birding Areas lead by Patrick Comins from Audobon Connection yielded some fabulous bird sightings including Seaside and Saltmarsh Sparrows and Caspian Terns. Helping to protect critical habitat for these special creatures is a core objective of the land trust and we will be organizing similar outings in future walk programs.

Saltmarsh Sparrows and Caspian Terns were some of the birds spotted during the walk

Saltmarsh Sparrows and Caspian Terns were some of the species spotted during the walk

Having Patrick on hand to offer his insight and experience was appreciated by everyone who took part, and even slightly overcast skies could not dampen this interesting event.

The Guilford Birding Areas walk was one of several organized events organized by the trust, details of these events can be found on the calendar page of this web site.

Annual meeting

Biologist Steve Gephard

Biologist Steve Gephard

The trust’s annual meeting will take place on June 13, 2010 at Dudley Farm. Starting at 4 pm, we shall conduct a short business meeting which will include the Annual Treasurer’s Report.

Light refreshments will be provided and state fisheries biologist Steve Gephard will be speaking about restoring diadromous fish in Connecticut.

Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford. For directions click here

Cub Scouts help clear marsh

Members of Bear Den 1 from Cub Scout Pack 475

Members of Bear Den 1 with their extensive haul

On May 1st Bear Den 1 from Cub Scout Pack 475, sponsored by Guilford Lakes School, cleaned up a section of salt marsh conserved by the land trust. Together they managed to gather a sizable array of trash and debris which was then taken away for proper disposal.